Congratulating Our 2020 & 2021 Nursing Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of our Nursing Award recipients who have been recognised for their dedication and outstanding achievements in their studies.

The Department of Nursing offers a variety of courses tailored towards different skill and career levels, including specialist areas of interest. We are proud to award a number of Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes to our diverse cohort of high-achieving students. These awards provide students with the opportunity to further their clinical, academic or research careers.

We applaud these talented students for their spectacular work during 2021 and would again like to congratulate each and every award recipient.

As a celebration of these students’ achievements, we are proud to share the stories of some of our recipients.

Catherine Wotton Ovarian Scholarship

"It is an honor to be chosen for the Catherine Wotton Ovarian Scholarship for 2021 with University of Melbourne.

I started my oncology nursing journey in 2006 in Dubai, U.A.E. I worked there for almost 11 years taking up the role of Education link nurse, educating staff and patients. With my strong desire for acquiring knowledge, advancing in nursing practice and my passion towards working with cancer patients, I was able to reach Australia. I joined Brunswick Private Hospital and worked as an Oncology Resource Nurse for two years until I received my Permanent Residency in Victoria. I am currently employed with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as a Registered Nurse in the Hematology department.

Currently, I am enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing with University of Melbourne. After graduation, I plan to enter the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), specializing in Gynecological Cancer Nursing. Once I complete the studies, I would prefer to involve more in patient care and join with them in their cancer journey.

I am truly grateful for the scholarship support. It will enable me to continue pursuing my academic and personal growth in University of Melbourne. This scholarship represents an opportunity to fully focus my attention on the main objective of achieving the best I can in Cancer Nursing. Thank you again for your support."

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— Jemeni Thomas, Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing

"I am very honoured to have been awarded the Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing. Being awarded this scholarship has significantly alleviated the financial burden of studying, and has encouraged me to continue to strive to achieve good marks for the remainder of my course.

As I write this, I have about six months remaining of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care). Upon course completion I plan to continue to work in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), applying the knowledge that I have gained through my postgraduate studies to further developing specialist PICU nursing skills.

Completing my studies will also enable me to apply for a role in PIPER, RCH’s emergency paediatric retrieval team. I believe we are very privileged clinicians working at the RCH with the resources we hold, and love the idea of being able to spread our resources, knowledge and skills to the wider Victorian and Australian communities through PIPER. I would also like to eventually apply the skills developed through the course to working in the nursing education field, my broader area of interest."

Kate Strahan, Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)

Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship in Nursing

"I am currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Rural Critical Care (ED and CCU), through the university of Melbourne and Northeast Health Wangaratta.

Returning to pursue formal education after 10 years was both an exciting and daunting prospect. A supportive network of lecturers and colleagues have ensured that this educational experience has been smooth and enjoyable.

In addition, being awarded the 2021 Dorothy Jean Ineke Scholarship based on merit has been truly humbling. I am grateful for the honour and for the opportunities this scholarship will bring. It has motivated me to strive for excellence in my endeavours and I hope to be of service to those around me and in my care. Thank you again to everyone involved in making this award possible."

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Riancy John, Graduate Certificate in Rural Critical Care (ED and CCU)